Definitions for meltmɛlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to become liquefied by heat.

    Category: Physics

  2. to dissolve:

    The lozenge will melt on your tongue.

  3. to diminish to nothing:

    His fortune slowly melted away.

  4. to pass; blend:

    Night melted into day.

  5. to become softened in feeling.

  6. Obs. to be subdued or overwhelmed by sorrow, dismay, etc.

  7. (v.t.)to reduce to a liquid state by heat:

    Fire melts ice.

  8. to cause to dwindle or dissipate.

  9. to cause to change or blend gradually.

  10. to soften in feeling:

    a story to melt your heart.

  11. (n.)the act or process of melting or the state of being melted.

  12. something that is melted.

  13. a sandwich or other dish topped with melted cheese.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of melt:

bef. 900; ME, OE meltan to melt, c. ON melta to digest, Gk méldein to melt



also milt

  1. the spleen, esp. of a cow or pig when used for food.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Cooking

Origin of melt:

1575–85; dial. (mainly Scots, N England) var. of milt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thaw, melt, thawing, melting(verb)

    the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

    "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"

  2. melt, run, melt down(verb)

    reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

    "melt butter"; "melt down gold"; "The wax melted in the sun"

  3. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt(verb)

    become or cause to become soft or liquid

    "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat"

  4. mellow, melt, mellow out(verb)

    become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial

    "With age, he mellowed"

  5. melt, meld(verb)

    lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually

    "Hundreds of actors were melting into the scene"

  6. fade, melt(verb)

    become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly

    "The scene begins to fade"; "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"

  7. melt, disappear, evaporate(verb)

    become less intense and fade away gradually

    "her resistance melted under his charm"; "her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. melt(verb)ɛlt

    to change from solid to liquid because of heat

    Melt the butter in a large pan.; Eat your ice cream before it melts.


  1. melt(Noun)

    Molten material, the product of melting.

  2. melt(Noun)

    The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.

  3. melt(Noun)

    The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.

  4. melt(Noun)

    A melt sandwich.

  5. melt(Noun)

    an idiot.

  6. melt(Verb)

    To change matter from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.

    I melted butter to make a cake.

  7. melt(Verb)

    To change (or to be changed) from a solid state to a liquid state.

    The snowman will disappear; he will melt.

  8. melt(Verb)

    To dissolve, disperse, vanish.

    His troubles melted away.

  9. melt(Verb)

    To be very hot and sweat profusely.

    Help me! I'm melting!

  10. Origin: From meltan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melt(noun)

    see 2d Milt

  2. Melt

    to reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow

  3. Melt

    hence: To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken

  4. Melt(verb)

    to be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures

  5. Melt(verb)

    to dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth

  6. Melt(verb)

    hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear

  7. Melt(verb)

    to lose distinct form or outline; to blend

  8. Melt(verb)

    to disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'melt' in Verbs Frequency: #882

Translations for melt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) become soft or liquid, or to lose shape, usually by heating / being heated

The ice has melted; My heart melted when I saw how sorry he was.

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